Our latest news from ABFLY...

3101, 2017

New shuttle bus service begins

January 31st, 2017|

Thanks again to persistent ABFLY lobbying, a new bus service linking St Albans’ railway stations and the city centre has launched this week (Monday 30 January).

The Abbey Shuttle will travel between St Albans Abbey Station and St Albans City Station via St Peter’s Street with the timetable scheduled to coincide with the Abbey Line train […]

1801, 2017

The scandal of ticketless travel

January 18th, 2017|

The Department for Transport (DfT) will be re-letting the contract for the West Midlands rail franchise this year, which includes the Abbey Line.

As part of the franchise specification, a seemingly innocuous report was released under the radar entitled, “West Midlands Ticketless Travel Report”. Click on the link to download a copy:

The report contains the findings of […]

101, 2017

Later evening services begin

January 1st, 2017|

A positive story to start the New Year!

After 20 years of campaigning, progress has been made towards one of ABFLY’s long held ambitions, which is to extend the running hours of the Abbey Line later into the evening.

Since 11th December, London Midland have been running one additional return trip every night of the week.

The last departure […]

110, 2016

Watford Junction – opportunities for Abbey Line improvements

October 1st, 2016|

A development brief for the Watford Junction site has been issued for consultation by Watford Borough Council. This presents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to improve things for Abbey Line passengers.

What we need to be calling for to support the future prosperity of the branch is:

For the Abbey Line platform to be brought much closer to, […]

2709, 2016

Call for councillor to quit amid new threat to Abbey Line

September 27th, 2016|


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The Abbey Flyer Users’ Group (ABFLY) have suspended their support for the Abbey Line Community Rail Partnership (CRP) and called […]

2709, 2016

Save the Abbey Line from being a road

September 27th, 2016|

Why is the line under threat?
Hertfordshire County Council (HCC) are threatening to close the Abbey Line – again.

In their ‘Transport Vision 2050’ consultation paper, recently published (1), they propose to tear up the existing electric railway line between Watford and St Albans and turn it into a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route – effectively making […]

109, 2016

ITT heralds Abbey Line improvements

September 1st, 2016|

ABFLY have cautiously welcomed the government’s ‘Stakeholder briefing document’ for the West Midlands franchise competition, which includes a raft of improvements to the Abbey Line, but there is disappointment in one key area.

The document summarises the responses to the consultation that was carried out between December 2015 and March 2016, and also provides a description […]

1708, 2016

Line closures August weekends

August 17th, 2016|

On Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August and Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 August, rail replacement buses will operate between Watford Junction and St Albans Abbey, and stations will be closed, to allow Network Rail to undertake improvement works along the Abbey Line and on the platforms at Watford Junction and Bricket Wood stations.

During these closures […]